Sports Team News 

By Michele Weissman, BS, LMT, NCTMB, CNMT, CMMT, CKTP 

 Announcement Friday and Saturday, June 27-28 the 8 CE FSMTA Sports Team Training class is available at Convention. This is the only 8-hour class offered at Convention. The first half starts Friday afternoon and the second half starts Saturday morning. The Instructor is Michele Weissman, Lead State Instructor.  Teaching Assistants are also State Instructors. In the past, this class is sold out. The popularity of Sports Massage Therapy has kept this Team going since 1984. We are celebrating 30 years at this Diamond Convention celebration. In keeping with the mission of the FSMTA, €œTo Unify the Massage Therapy Profession While Creating, Representing, and Promoting Standards of Excellence in Health Care€, this class is a cornerstone of the extensive FSMTA member benefits offers. Consider it a long-lasting, valuable asset for every single LMT to take advantage of. 


 FSMTA SPORTS TEAM TRAINING. This training class is appropriate for students and LMT€™s new and experienced. It is for those that wish to: 


  • Apply anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, palpation 
  • Work on athletic tissue that has Myofascial definition making palpation easier   
  • Learn foundations in Sports Massage Therapy 
  • Learn basic first aid that can be even be applied to your children and loved one 
  • Add new skills and a target market to your practice immediately (regardless of employment type, i.e., unemployed, self-employed or a corporate employee) 
  • Gain priceless clinical experience 
  • Work at paid sports event 
  • Go on a different kind of outcall  
  • Gain that pinnacle brilliance of personal and professional confidence  
  • Market your practice economically and effectively 
  • Network shamelessly with fellow LMTs, Doctors, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Community Leaders, Athletes, etc. 
  • Add to your repertoire from  different instructors 
  • Refresh your practice 
  • Avail yourself to leadership opportunities that only the Sports Team supports 
  • Create a community by subsidizing it 
  • Qualify to wear the dedicated Sports Team shirt (a great identifier) 
  • Become part of something bigger than yourself 


Upon completion on Saturday, June 28th, you are eligible to take part in FSMTA approved sports events anywhere in the state. Please check with your Chapter Sports Team Chair or Chapter President to sign up for your local events and network with fellow Team members. To stay informed LIKE the State Sports Massage Facebook page. Please refer to the State website Sports Team link for further information. 


The vision is today. FSMTA vision is €œTo promote Public Awareness of Massage Therapy in Florida Through Education and Professionalism€. The Sports Therapy Team does a brilliant job manifesting this idea through their exclusive training class, team membership, and sports events.  

This training class is perfect for those therapists that work for a company that targets athletes. How about that hotel spa that sponsors sports events? Having the confidence to treat these new clients comes from the 8-hour training format; about 70% hands-on-training.  This training also serves those therapists that want more than an introduction or an add-on service. In 2013 under the direction of State Sports Team Chair, Diane Forrester, the FSMTA Sports Team formed a partnership with the Florida Sports Foundation. We offer FSMTA sports events statewide for the Sunshine State Games and the Senior Games.  The SW Chapter started us off in December; the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter working in June 2014. 


Relevancy.  As the Affordable Healthcare Act takes center stage in our country and research continues to validate the message, your job to educate the public is getting easier. Simply pick up April€™s edition of Runners World. They€™re publishing what we already know: €œRunners report that massage helps lessen muscle tension and improve range of motion, while also making them feel relaxed and rewarded for their hard efforts.€ This article reports a variety of research outcomes that proves massage €œremoves adhesions between fascia and muscles€; €œmessage after exercise reduced the intensity of delay onset muscle soreness (DOMS)€; €œsuggest it improves immune function and reduces inflammation€; and €œmay also help curb chronic diseases€. The researchers themselves are so convinced by the latest research that even they €œhave made massage a regular part of their routines€ and they even go so far as to personally recommend that runners receive regular massage just like them. They found that €œregular massage can boost recovery and be a valuable training tool to help you run your best.€ How much better does it get than that?! 


€œMassage therapists play a big role in the Boston Marathon by helping athletes at all levels prepare and recover from this great event€.  For the second year in a row, the Massage Therapy Foundation, Inc. participates in the John Hancock Non-Profit Bib Program. This event €œbrings more awareness to the benefits of massage and the need for more massage research funding. Each of the runners on Team Massage Therapy Foundation is related to the massage industry in some capacity. They are all dedicated to helping the MTF advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service.€  See more at 


Instant Replay. What does all of this mean to you? Sports massage therapy continues to be in demand now more than ever. As Sports Massage Therapy continues to have published research and the FSMTA continues shining their vision, the message that soft tissue therapy works continues thriving. The FSMTA offers an outstanding member benefit of Sports Massage Therapy training at Convention. This training class facilitates your advancement of healthcare standards while at the same time creating business opportunities. This class also allows you membership on the FSMTA Sports Team. As an FSMTA Sports Team member opportunities are available to enable you to be better educated and more professional.   


On a personal note. I write this article while working at the Sony Open Tennis Tournament in Miami, coming off from organizing, managing and working a FSMTA approved Sports Event: the Sarasota Half Marathon and Relay Race and Expo. I missed the deadline for publishing this article. Poor time management? Perhaps. Having practiced successfully in Miami for several years, I found it necessary to target a market (I choose Sports) when moving to Bradenton-Sarasota.  All of my efforts paid off, it seems all at once. I am busier than I have ever been in my entire life. Time to expand?  Yes!  But I need qualified therapists to help do this.  There is so much work out there, so many people that need help. I am only one person with 2 hands. I am not enough. Our current Sports Team members are busy too. We need more Sports Team members.  Please join me help all of these people (some call themselves Athletes) that are trying to make a difference in their lives for themselves and for their family. As diet and exercise continue to remain the benchmark of health and well-being, more and more people are creating space in their lives for movement. And since soft tissue therapy is essential to maintain homeostasis, the life of a Licensed Massage Therapist is constantly and consistently being taxed. And that€™s a good thing! Built-in employment for life. Take the FSMTA Sports Team Training as an introduction to helping your clients maintain their health and well-being through exercise. Your heart will be full as well as your wallet.  Develop yourself.  Expand your practice.  Be part of the healthcare solutions that empower Floridians. Be the leader they are looking for.  


Kelly Baston, Run. Rub, Repeat. Research finally reveals just what massages can- and can€™t- do for runners, Runner€™s World, April 2014. 


Massage Therapy Foundation, Inc. website March 2014,  


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